50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts

LONDON

Bromley Summer Festival, Bromley The south London borough is playing host to a variety of fun activities across the Jubilee bank holiday, including an augmented reality trail, a street party playing music from each era of the Queen’s reign, a talent show and flower festival, plus open-air movies with royal themes (including The Lion King and Frozen). Prices and dates vary. yourbromley.com

Battersea Power Station, Battersea Circus West Village and Battersea Power Station is sure to be buzzing with its lineup of family-friendly activities, including Britannia-themed parties, live performances, outdoor games, screenings of celebrations from around the world and food and drink from some of London’s finest street food trucks.

2-3 June, free entry batterseapowerstation.co.uk Carnaby Street, Soho

Famous for its decorations, Carnaby Street has unveiled a royal-themed installation to mark this year’s celebrations, as well as hosting activities such as glitter makeovers, foodie giveaways, and live music performances across the weekend.

2-5 June, free entry carnaby.co.uk Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford London Youth Rowing is hosting a street picnic with partners Lendlease.

Taking place at Thornton Bridge in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, head down to try out watersports – including rowing and kayaking – before tucking into a picnic.

4 June, free londonyouthrowing.com/events/lyr-big-lunch Jermyn Street, St. James

On Saturday 4 June, the entirety of Jermyn Street will close to traffic and host a quintessential British street party with pop-up food and drink stalls and live entertainment. The Ritz is putting on a special Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea.

4 June, prices vary theritzlondon.com Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

Petersham Nurseries are transforming their Richmond home into a summer fete. Expect an extravaganza of street food, picnics and performances, all set within beautiful gardens right by the riverside.

4-5 June, free entry petershamnurseries.com/richmond

NORTH

Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Sheffield is hosting a series of fun-filled family activities with a royal twist

Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire On Thursday 2 June a Platinum Jubilee Flotilla will take place on the Humber Estuary, with 70 vessels departing Hull Marina following a flypast by two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The evening will culminate in the Platinum Jubilee Beacon being lit at Hessle Foreshore.

2 June, free lagoonhull.co.uk/news-story-flotilla River Ouse, Yorkshire Enjoy a 90-minute cruise from King’s Staith Landing towards the grand Bishopthorpe Palace, while passing some of York’s landmarks with a Jubilee-themed afternoon tea and a Queen quiz.

2-5 June, GBP30 cityexperiences.com/york Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester Partygoers heading to Kimpton Clocktower Hotel can expect live music and an array of street party nibbles at The Refuge’s terrace.

There will also be fresh takes on classic British cakes – such as a red, white and blue Battenberg – plus The Crown Jewel cocktail.

3 June, tickets GBP25 skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/The-Refuge/Jubilee-Street-Party/36079210/ The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Lancashire Join Her Majesty the Queen’s Madame Tussauds wax figure as you tuck into afternoon tea before hitting the dancefloor with live music from Wurlitzer.

5 June, GBP50 for two theblackpooltower.com/plan/food-and-drink/afternoon-tea Gulliver’s Valley, Yorkshire Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Sheffield is hosting a series of fun-filled family activities with a royal twist, including street parties, stage shows and live entertainment.

Until 5 June, GBP20 gulliversvalleyresort.co.uk

SOUTH

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Boringdon Hall will be hosting a Jubilee-themed afternoon tea

Darts Farm, Devon Award-winning Darts Farm, near Exeter, is hosting a Jubilee Party, with guests invited to enjoy a welcome drink and a selection of canapes followed by a two-course feast fit for a king (or queen) in their restaurant. There will also be a free food festival on Saturday 4 June.

2 June – party tickets GBP35, 4 June – food festival free entry dartsfarm.co.uk Bolney Wine Estate, Sussex Enjoy a Royal Jubilee 45-minute guided tour of the estate, including the chance to meander through the vines and explore the winery, before indulging in a tasting of the best of British wines and spirits and a picnic.

2 June, GBP70 bolneywineestate.com Windsor Great Park, Berkshire Head to Long Walk in Windsor Great Park to watch as their Jubilee beacon is lit, before enjoying a firework display.

There will also be a bring your own picnic party on Saturday, and a selection of cars from every year since 1952 on show.

2-4 June, free windsorplatinumjubilee.co.uk Rayleigh Town Museum, Essex The museum is holding an exhibition of royal memorabilia, featuring items and photographs of previous local royal visits and celebrations since the reign of Queen Victoria.

Running until 16 July, free rayleightownmuseum.co.uk Boringdon Hotel and Spa, Devon This manor house hotel on the outskirts of Dartmoor will be hosting a Jubilee-themed afternoon tea.

Expect British classics on the menu, including strawberry and cream tart, scones, sausage rolls and Coronation chicken finger sandwiches.

2-5 June, tickets GBP27 boringdonhall.co.uk Double Locks, Devon Party into the evening at Double Locks in Exeter.

Across the four-day weekend, the garden will come alive with a celebration of live music, food, jugs of Pimm’s and cream teas.

2-5 June, free entry doublelocks.com The Idle Rocks, Cornwall

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The Idle Rocks hotel will host a street party and lunch to round off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Kick back among the beautiful backdrop of the hotel’s harbour views and the soulful sounds of the afternoon’s resident DJ, while enjoying canapes, a five-course feast and gin galore.

5 June, GBP125 idlerocks.com English Riviera Air Show, Devon The RAF Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain memorial flight will take to the skies over Torbay for the English Riviera Air Show.

Enthusiasts can enjoy the air acrobatics of the bright red jets and witness three of the greatest aviation icons of the 20th century; the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire. There will also be food and family-friendly fun.

4-5 June, free englishrivieraairshow.co.uk

EAST

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Hoveton Hall Estate, Norfolk Country Fair

Norwich City Hall, Norfolk The Lord Mayor is hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch on a 120m-long picnic table by Norwich City Hall.

Expect a traditional street party, complete with bunting, food stalls, balloon modelling and live music.

4 June, free norwich.gov.uk/jubilee Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk Climb aboard the Bure Valley Railway for a Jubilee Journey like no other.

The station will be decorated with an abundance of royal-themed flotsam and children will be given Union Jack flags to wave. Until 5 June, adults GBP16, children GBP8 bvrw.co.uk Hoveton Hall, Norfolk

Hoveton Hall, near Wroxham, will be hosting a royal-themed fair. Peruse the food and craft stalls, before enjoying falconry, archery, military reenactment displays, circus workshops and a teddy bear’s crown treasure hunt. Dogs on a lead are welcome.

2-3 June, adults GBP15, children GBP6 hovetonhallestate.co.uk/events Sacrewell Farm, Cambridgeshire Highlights at Sacrewell Farm’s Jubilee event includes an inflatable assault course, live music, children’s games, craft activities, picnic hampers, a special Jubilee trail and a tractor display from the 1950s to modern day.

2-5 June, adults from GBP7.93, children GBP6.23 sacrewell.org.uk Sandringham Estate, Norfolk The much-loved country retreat of the Queen, Sandringham Estate, has plenty to entertain royalists.

Everything kicks off with the lighting of the beacon on Thursday, before Katherine Jenkins and The Military Wives perform. There will also be a live screening of the “Platinum Party at the Palace” on a big screen and a pageant of motoring in the Royal Parkland. Various dates and prices sandringhamestate.co.uk

The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa, Suffolk Celebrate in style with a special “fit for a Queen” afternoon tea at this 15th century hotel. Tuck into some of the monarch’s favourite dishes, including delicate finger sandwiches followed by scones, a Queen Elizabeth cake, Dubonnet cocktail macaroons, Battenbergs and a chocolate biscuit cake.

Until 17 July, from GBP25 theswanatlavenham.co.uk

WEST

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Gloucester Tall Ships (Photo: Nick Turner)

Royal Crescent Bath, Somerset Invite your friends and family to join in the fun at the Big Jubilee Picnic on the Lower Lawn of the Royal Crescent in Bath. To mark the occasion there will also be face painting, arts and crafts workshops and live music.

5 June, free facebook.com/bathnesparks Gloucester Tall Ships, Gloucester This award-winning nautical festival held at Gloucester Docks will feature six tall ships and a brimming schedule of family fun and entertainment.

Attendees can expect sand sculptures, a fun-fair, flyboarders, daredevil stunts and local musicians.

3-5 June, free, gloucestertallships.co.uk Dunstan House Inn, Somerset Take a trip to the seaside and stop by Dunstan House Inn at Burnham-on-Sea for its Jubilee fun day.

From a kid’s zone with face painting, balloon modelling and pick n’ mix, to evening celebrations for the adults, including live music, beer and food.

4 June, free dunstanhouseinn.co.uk Bristol Cathedral, Somerset Bristol Cathedral is joining forces with charities, communities and organisations across the city to host a special celebration for the Queen.

There will be a lunch held on the College Green along with live performances, activities such as making a royal crown, and games.

5 June, free bristol-cathedral.co.uk/whats-on/jubilee Corinium Museum, Gloucester Located in the heart of Cirencester, Corinium Museum has a wealth of activities planned for the bank holiday.

From storytelling and craft activities with children’s author Steve Anthony to digging for crown jewels. Various dates, adults GBP6.40, children GBP3 coriniummuseum.org

MIDLANDS

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Blenheim Palace Food Festival is fit for a queen

Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Oxfordshire With entertainment for all – from Raymond Blanc OBE and Gennaro Contaldo cooking up a storm to masterclasses and food stalls – all set against the stunning backdrop of a historical palace, Blenheim Palace Food Festival is fit for a queen.

2-5 June, adults GBP19.50, children GBP9.50 fantasticfoodfestivals.co.uk Birmingham Symphony Hall, West Midlands The city’s Symphony Hall is hosting a concert that will showcase a collection of the greatest compositional works and performance pieces created within the Queen’s 70-year reign.

2 June, from GBP13 cbso.co.uk/event/queens-platinum-jubilee-concert Nottingham Castle, Nottinghamshire The famous attraction will be throwing a Jubilee Garden Party featuring street parties, Union Jack decorations, flag-making workshops, picnics and a performance of Alice in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the historic bandstand.

2-5 June, adults GBP13, children GBP9.50 nottinghamcastle.org.uk Lincoln Castle, Lincolnshire Lincoln’s castle will be decorated to the nines as it hosts an outdoor picnic, with live music, regional food and family fun activities.

2-5 June, free visitlincoln.com/whats-on/a-great-british-summer

SCOTLAND

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Big screens will be taking over the Scottish capital at Princes Street Gardens

Ballater village, Aberdeenshire Journey to this Highland village for a weekend of Jubilee events. Kicking off with a lighting of the beacon ceremony on the village green, accompanied by pipes and local choirs, there will also be songs of praise at Glenmuick Church, party games, tree-planting, picnics and a themed afternoon tea.

2-5 June, free visitballater.com Musselburgh Racecourse, East Lothian Enjoy a weekend of Scottish summer racing at Musselburgh Racecourse this Jubilee weekend.

Festive bunting will transform the racecourse into a street party fit for royalty, with families able to enjoy funfair rides and face-painting, plus there will be horse races and prizes for the best dressed prince and princess.

4-5 June, GBP30 musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk/tickets/afternoon-meeting-04-06-2022 Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire The Queen’s beloved Scottish escape will be running a series of open house events all summer – including royal exhibitions and art installations – while over the Jubilee weekend itself there are myriad celebrations from a special afternoon tea to 70 corgis assembled on the lawn.

Until 2 Aug, prices vary balmoralcastle.com Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Big screens will be taking over the Scottish capital at Princes Street Gardens to project the processions taking place in London.

Picnics are encouraged, and there’s sure to be a buzzing atmosphere with live entertainment and the Royal Marines.

4 June, free

WALES

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Cardiff’s Bute Park will be hosting a Jubilee screening (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA)

Oystermouth Castle, Swansea Prepare for funfair rides, a 70s and 80s-themed disco, big lunches in the great outdoors, food stalls and music at this weekend-long extravaganza in the grounds of Oystermouth Castle.

2-5 June, GBP5 swansea.gov.uk/visitingoystermouthcastle Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

An evening of music awaits with Cardiff Castle’s Jubilee Concert. There will be performances by Aled Jones, Mike Peters, Bonnie Tyler and John Owen Jones, plus deck chairs and food and drink stalls.

4 June, adults GBP32.50, children under 16 free with an adult cardiffcastle.com Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

A street party is taking place on the rooftop garden at the Celtic Manor Resort. Get ready for games and entertainment, while adults can enjoy live music, Pimm’s and champagne.

3-4 June, GBP10 celtic-manor.com Parkgate Hotel, Cardiff

Celebrate the bank holiday with a Jubilee Tea Party at the Parkgate Hotel in Cardiff. Located at the heart of the city, visitors can enjoy a royal afternoon tea menu served in the elegant Cwrt Lounge, featuring historic highlights such as Coronation chicken and freshly baked scones.
3-5 June, GBP49 theparkgatehotel.wales Bute Park, Cardiff

Pack a picnic, grab your family and friends, and head to Cardiff’s Bute Park where there will be a giant screen showing the Platinum Jubilee Pageant live from London. There will also be free music and entertainment, including giant flamingos and a wandering opera.

5 June, free bute-park.com Park-Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire

Set in the grounds of this 500-acre country park, celebrate the jubilee in style with a tea party, family-friendly entertainment and lawn games.

4 Jun, GBP15 pembreycountrypark.wales

NORTHERN IRELAND

Royal Avenue, Belfast Belfast is set to step back in time as Royal Avenue is transported back to the 1950s. Get a flavour of life in the city 70 years ago with workshops, storytelling, music, film screenings and a photography exhibition.

2-4 June, free belfastcity.gov.uk/jubilee Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Belfast Browse local food and crafts on the Castle lawns, enjoy traditional games, swing dance, a vintage carousel, storytelling, strolls through the grounds and live music.

A2-5 June, adults GBP10, children GBP5 hrp.org.uk Larne, Carrick and Ballymena. Mid and East Antrim

A host of street parties will be taking place across these three Northern Irish towns, featuring local music, entertainment and outdoor picnics.
4 June, free midandeastantrim.gov.uk

NATIONWIDE

50 of the best Platinum Jubilee days out, from palace food festivals to orchestral concerts Visitors at a Jubilee party at the National Trust’s Basildon Park, Berkshire (John Millar)

Street parties More than 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches on the Platinum celebration weekend. Find out where your nearest public event is taking place.

2-5 June, free edenprojectcommunities.com National Trust More than 300 events are taking place at National Trust sites across the UK – from Nottinghamshire to Wrexham and County Down.

Expect everything from themed picnics to tree planting.

2-5 June, prices vary nationaltrust.org.uk McCarthy Stone The retirement home company is hosting 450 events at its developments throughout the UK and are inviting retirees and their friends and families to join in the celebrations.

2-5 June, free mccarthyandstone.co.uk